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FIFA WCup investigation completed by next week

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 2, 2014 at 11:27 am •  Published: June 2, 2014
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FIFA's investigation into the World Cup bids from Russia and Qatar will be completed by next week, the chief investigator said Monday amid fresh corruption allegations against the Gulf nation.

The integrity of Qatar's winning bid for the 2022 tournament has been repeatedly questioned since FIFA's vote four years ago. The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain reported that it had obtained millions of pieces of evidence detailing irregular payments.

Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari former member of FIFA's executive committee, was accused of giving football officials payments totaling $5 million to build support for the bid. Despite Bin Hammam's high profile role at the time of the bid as head of the Asian confederation, Qatari World Cup organizers on Sunday insisted that he "played no official or unofficial role" in the work of the big-spending committee.

By July, FIFA's ethics investigator Michael Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney in New York, is set to have delivered his verdict on both Qatar and Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup.

"After months of interviewing witnesses and gathering materials, we intend to complete that phase of our investigation by June 9, 2014, and to submit a report to the adjudicatory chamber approximately six weeks thereafter," the investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee said in a statement. "The report will consider all evidence potentially related to the bidding process, including evidence collected from prior investigations."

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